The Wenatchee World
LEAVENWORTH — The State Department of Transportation will close Highway 2 between Leavenworth and Coles Corner for a week, beginning Sept. 8, not Aug. 25 as originally planned.
The delay is necessary, because parts needed to build a new bridge over Drury Canyon Creek won’t arrive in time for the originally announced closure, a DOT official said Wednesday.
The closure will begin at 8 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 8 and continue through noon Friday, Sept. 13, a DOT news release said Tuesday.
A signed detour along Highway 207 and the Chumstick Highway will add a half-hour to the trip.
Large trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds are prohibited on Chumstick Highway and must use Interstate 90, Snoqualmie Pass and Highway 97 over Blewett Pass, the news release said.
During the closure, recreationists bound for trailheads between Coles Corner and the Tumwater Campground may access those from the west.
From the Leavenworth side of the closure, those seeking access to climbing locations and trailheads will be allowed into the canyon as far as The Alps candy store, the news release said.
The Drury Canyon Creek Bridge is seven miles west of Leavenworth. It’s part of an $8.1 million project to replace three aged bridges in the canyon, add highway turning lanes, and eliminate a fish barrier where Skinny Creek passes under Highway 2.
The other two bridges, the Green Bridge and Chiwaukum Creek Bridge, were built alongside the old bridges, which will be demolished. Traffic interruptions were minimal.